From: Winterhalter
Published: Tue Feb 23 2010

One of the world's great business organisations, the Institute of Directors, has upgraded the warewashing facilities at its prestigious Pall Mall headquarters in the heart of London's clubland.

Determined to make the most of modern technology, the Institute has opted for the world's most advanced large-scale warewasher: the Winterhalter MTR multi-tank rack machine.

The Institute of Directors is an important oasis for UK Directors in London. With a large restaurant and Brasserie, seven function suites, 32 meeting rooms, business lounges and even an internet cafe, it's the place where many of the world's leading business people meet when they want superb hospitality. On a typical weekday 1,500 members and guests can be served.

Add wedding receptions, banquets, press launches and awards ceremonies, and with top quality Villeroy & Boch crockery used throughout, it's a real test for the science of warewashing.

Roger Evans has been the IoD's Executive Chef for 20 years. But for all the changes in catering during that time, one thing that hasn't changed is that its members and guests expect the best. And he, in turn, demands the best from his suppliers.

After many years of relying on an older Winterhalter flight machine for the bulk of his dishwashing, he realised technology had moved on.

"We've used Winterhalter for quite a few years now," he says. "They've given us a superb wash and they've proved reliable. In my experience, cheaper dishwashers don't wash as well - or last as long.

"I need to keep energy and running costs down, and the new MTR model offers big savings on that as well as giving loads of other benefits. It's much easier to operate and clean, for example."

The IoD occupies a historic Grade 1 listed building where installing extra ventilation could be a problem. However, the MTR's new exhaust air heat recovery system - which extracts the heat of the exhaust air to pre-heat incoming water - has eliminated the need for more ventilation. Indeed, upon installing the new MTR, Winterhalter was even able to remove a vent required by the previous dishwasher.

The new machine has also reduced the amount of work needed by the staff, freeing them for other duties. For example, it not only automatically cleans itself but also adjusts the rinse temperature, adjusts the wash pressure, turns itself off when empty and even automatically starts itself for the next morning's shift.

Roger Evans is especially impressed with how hygienic the MTR is in action. "I insist on a dishwasher being cleaned three times a day, and the latest Winterhalter models even clean themselves," he says.

Winterhalter provides a total solution for warewashing, from pre-sales advice to after-sales service, training and maintenance. Alongside its market-leading dish and glasswashers, the company’s range includes utensil washers, advanced water treatment machines, cleaning chemicals and detergents. For further details, call Winterhalter on 01908 359000, see, or or email
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